Child Support, An Obligation of Every Parent Even After Divorce

Among the very important issues that couples need to resolve when filing for divorce is child support. Child support is no other than the monthly financial assistance which the obligor, or the non-custodial parent, should give to the obligee, the custodial parent, the care-giver or the state (in the absence of the two), for the support of his or her child / children.

This financial support is for the child’s basic needs, specifically, food, clothing, shelter, health care and education. Although payment is usually made only until the child reaches the age of 18 or emancipation, the court may require the obligor to also assist in his or her child’s future needs and activities, like advanced / college education, medical and/or dental needs, camp activities and vacation.

How much financial support the non-custodial parent ought to give for the child will depend on different factors, including the age and cost of the needs of the child, the parent’s capability to pay and, most importantly, the parent’s present income (monthly wage, overtime pay, commissions, benefits) and future opportunities. These factors have been specified by the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, a US law that promotes and requires support of biological children.

In the interest of the child, courts require that any changes (increase or decrease) in the amount of support will have to be approved by legally since the determination of the amount was made through legal proceedings; direct negotiations by the obligor with the oblige regarding this issue may result to contempt of court.

Application for increase or decrease in the amount of financial support can be due to job promotion, increase in salary, loss of job and others. Oftentimes, asking for legal help or hiring a lawyer who is well versed with issues regarding family law would be a wise move as he or she will be able to take away any burden connected with the child support case.